By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize issued an official statement of solidarity with the Government and people of Cuba, calling the embargo imposed by the United States “illegal.”
GOB noted that the United Nations recently affirmed that the embargo is a gross violation of international law when 184 countries voted that it should be ended at the UN General Assembly back in June.
“The economic and trade sanctions unilaterally and illegally imposed by the United States of America have resulted in untold suffering of the Cuban people. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been exacerbated by the impacts of the sanctions. This is immoral and inhumane,” GOB said. “The Government of Belize calls for the immediate lifting of the embargo so the people of Cuba can live in peace and dignity and pursue their development on their own terms without interference.”
Last week, two former Prime Ministers of Belize, Said Musa and Dean Barrow, similarly offered words of solidarity and support to Cuba and its people, as the civil unrest, fueled by medicine and food shortages tears through the nation. The crisis is made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, as cases have spiked recently due to the presence of the more contagious Delta Variant.
Ambassador of Cuba to Belize, H.E. Lissette Perez, speaking to BBN last week, said that if the US is truly concerned about the human rights and the welfare of the Cuban people, then it should end the embargo.